USA: Dueling Rallies at the Supreme Court

Written by scott on March 27th, 2013

6a00d8341c730253ef017ee9c788b4970d-500wiYesterday, marriage equality supporters and foes rallied in front of the US Supreme Court for the hearing on Prop 8.

Think Progress reports on NOM’s anti gay marriage rally:

NOM’s Thomas Peters claimed there were 15,000 attendees, while Brian Brown suggested a crowd of “more than 10,000,” but these seem to be gross overestimates. RightWingWatch’s Peter Montgomery suggested it was no more than “several thousand,” while the Washington Blade only estimated 2,000. What groups there were seemed to come in clumps from very specific origins, such as the 32 buses of conservative Hispanics that New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz (D) brought from the Bronx, French activists inexplicably flying a French flag at the rally, and a group of Chinese Christians from Chicago.

NOM put together a YouTube montage of their rally. reports:

IF you missed NOM’s hate rally in D.C. yesterday, you can catch it in bite-size form here.

What were folks at NOM’s rally saying? Pam’s House Blend reports:

“They’ll pass the law to get married, and then force their way into our temples,” said the first woman, Lenae Warr, from Fort Belvoir, Va. “We want our freedom protected.” A Mormon stay-at-home mom with nine children ranging from 7 to 24 years old, Warr said she had traveled to D.C. because she felt same-sex marriage was “mocking God.” Asked how two gay people getting married affected her personally, Warr paused for a long time. She turned to a man marching beside her and asked, “Should I tell her everything?” Warr then grabbed this reporter’s arm and whispered fiercely, “I’m a lesbian who chose this lifestyle,” gesturing to her three children who had come with her. “That other road never brought me happiness.”

Don’t we always say that we are our own worst enemy? Speaking of that, LGBTQ Nation reports on a gay conservative who spoke out against marriage equality at NOM’s rally (every anti-gay rally needs to have one – they’re all the rage in hate circles this year):

Doug Mainwaring, the openly gay founder of the National Capital Tea Party Patriots, spoke towards the end of the National Organization for Marriage’s rally on the National Mall today where he warned that same-sex marriage will “unravel” marriage and “undefine children.” Mainwaring, who in an essay wrote that he lives with his ex-wife but “because of my predilections, we deny our own sexual impulses,” urged the Supreme Court to “ignore the media’s relentless, manufactured urgency to institute same-sex marriage.”

On the flip side, reports:

Thought the Supreme Court went dark between yesterday’s raucous Proposition 8 hearings and rallies, and today’s consideration of the Defense of Marriage Act, what we’re fighting for did not go forgotten. Activist group GetEQUAL and the Backbone Campaign took care of that with this amazing projection.

Over at Queerty, they have photos of the United for Marriage rally for marriage equality:

Check out some more images from the momentous rallies in DC, courtesy of Instagram users down on the scene.

The Washington Blade also has photos of the rallies:

Opponents of same sex marriage held a rally on the Mall and marched to the Supreme Court where they were met with chants from LGBT rights advocates. Activists from both sides of the marriage debate had gathered on Capitol Hill during the oral arguments for the Hollingsworth v. Perry case which will decide the fate of California’s Proposition 8.


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